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tribade Syllabification: trib·ade
Pronunciation: /ˈtribəd/

Definition of tribade in English:


A lesbian, especially one who lies on top of her partner and simulates the movements of the male in heterosexual intercourse.
Example sentences
  • Eva Cantarella notes that a tribade was a homosexual woman in antiquity, who was condemned, as Laqueur points out, for ‘playing the role of the man’.
  • What trials and tribulations life holds for tribades, especially those clinging to an upper-class existence in 19th Century Boston?
  • Today most historians of the French Revolution are familiar with Marie Antoinette's eighteenth-century reputation as treacherous tribade, incestuous mother, and bloodthirsty Austrian wolf.


Pronunciation: /-ˌdizəm/
Example sentences
  • I find mutual tribadism to be one of the most exciting and satisfying sexual acts I have shared with another woman.
  • Society found these types of women to be deviants, and therefore, tribadism was often referred to as being the ‘silent sin’.
  • Tribadism is a popular way for lesbians to have sex.


Early 17th century: from French tribade, or via Latin from Greek tribas, from tribein 'to rub'.

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